Do you have a tattoo that you would like to remove? It may be harder than you think. Tattoos that have yellow or blue ink or older ones may be difficult to remove with laser treatments. Laser studies done by Luigi Naldi at the Centro Studi in Bergamo, Italy said that lasers used to remove tattoos break up the ink into tiny particles and the particles are removed by immune cells. In a study where the Q-switcher laser was used (352 individuals), under half had tattoos successfully eliminated after 10 sessions and three-quarter after 15 sessions (Tattoo removal varies according to design: study, 2012).Smokers are less likely to have their tattoos totally removed as well as those who have their removal sessions more than two months apart. A person’s pigment (skin color) may also make it difficult to eradicate a tattoo.
A new laser is now being researched using picosecond versus nanosecond technology. Studies with the new laser had 75% of the study group (12 out of 15 patients) be satisfied with the outcome of their treatment after 2-4 sessions. This laser is awaiting FDA approval and use is only available in the U.S. for now.
If you are considering getting a tattoo, do your homework and look at many facilities. Don’t make a rash decision. You may end up with body art that will be with you for life.
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Tattoo removal varies according to design: study. (2012, September 19). Retrieved September 21, 2012, from Reuters: http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/09/19/health-tattoos-idINL4E8KI5SQ20120919